Elder’s Insights – Jan. 27th, 2017

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Washing of Water With the Word – David Wood

I’ve repeatedly told my kids, “You always have time for what is important to you.”

Having said that, I hope what I’m about to say isn’t taken as a confession of priorities.  You see, I’m on a schedule with the other elders to write a blog article.  I had to be reminded of this commitment by Pastor John this week.  I had gotten busy with my job, family, travel, household chores, home repairs, call outs for work, church meetings, Christmas celebrations, babysitting, grocery shopping, lesson preparations…  You get the picture.  I completely forgot to write this blog article.

You always have time for what is important to you.

The same goes for our commitment to the Lord of our salvation, Jesus Christ.  What is distracting you?  What’s important to you?  Each January I commit to reading through the Bible in a year.  I understand that the only way to know Him better, is to be in the Word of God.  Life enters in, and I soon get behind.  Then I have to make up chapters I’ve missed.  Then it becomes too much of a burden to catch up.  Have you been there?

Here’s the thing; you should never feel guilty for making the effort.  Just keep plugging at it.  There will be growth because God promises that His Word will not return void in Isa. 55:11.  He will accomplish what He pleases in your heart, mind, and life.

Are you struggling with a specific sin?  Read your Bible.  Make time for it.  Filling your mind with His Word will push out the evil that is naturally in us.  God wants to sanctify you, having cleansed you “by the washing of water with the Word, so that He might present the Church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing that she might be holy and without blemish.”  Eph. 5:26 – 28.

I would encourage you to be in the Word and see what the Lord can do to change your priorities, perspectives, and life.

Dave Wood

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